§ Lady Gammans
asked the Minister of Transport what plans Her Majesty's Government have for giving financial assistance to elderly people on small incomes who have been disadvantaged by the recent increases in the rates charged by the London Transport Board.
§ Mr. Marples
Much has already been done to assist elderly people and others living on small incomes to meet rising prices, of which increased fares in London form but a very small part. The Government's policy is to tackle the basic problem of inflation, an approach which will benefit everyone, and not to give special financial assistance such as cheap fares restrict al to elderly people, which would be difficult to administer and inequitable in effect.